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 for To cost dear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cost \Cost\ (k[o^]st; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cost; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Costing.] [OF. coster, couster, F. co[^u]ter, fr. L.
     constare to stand at, to cost; con- + stare to stand. See
     Stand, and cf. Constant.]
     1. To require to be given, expended, or laid out therefor, as
        in barter, purchase, acquisition, etc.; to cause the cost,
        expenditure, relinquishment, or loss of; as, the ticket
        cost a dollar; the effort cost his life.
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              A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats. --Shak.
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              Though it cost me ten nights' watchings. --Shak.
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     2. To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
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              To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
                                                    --Milton.
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     To cost dear, to require or occasion a large outlay of
        money, or much labor, self-denial, suffering, etc.
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